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Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

The Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous Drug And Alcohol Workers: Results From A National Australian Survey

Type: Journal
Author: Roche, A.M., Duraisingam, V., Trifonoff, A., & Tovell, A.
Publisher: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Year: 2012

Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) and other health workers play a crucial role in the delivery of treatment services and offer essential support to their communities. Building the capacity of these workers is vital. This paper highlights the importance of implementing workforce development strategies that focus on achieving culturally appropriate, equitable and supportive organisational conditions for Indigenous AOD workers.

The increasing demand for alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services among the Australian Indigenous population, complex organisational challenges and limitations, and high unemployment rates are likely to negatively impact Indigenous AOD workers' health and wellbeing. Building the capacity of Indigenous AOD workers is vital, as they play a crucial role in the delivery of treatment services and offer essential support to their communities.

Findings are presented from a national online survey conducted to examine organisational, workplace and individual factors that might contribute to levels of stress and wellbeing among workers who provide services to Indigenous clients. These survey findings highlight the importance of preventing or managing levels of stress, ensuring adequate and equitable salaries and benefits, and providing more opportunities for career and personal growth may increase job satisfaction and reduce turnover intention among Indigenous workers in the drug and alcohol field.

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the authors if you require further information.

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